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  • What If Microsoft Had Released an "Officebook" Instead of the Surface RT

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    What if Microsoft had just branded the Surface as an Office-dedicated device? Let's call it the Microsoft 'Officebook'. It's the thinnest and lightest portable computer for full Office. It's not a device for tech geeks; it's a device for the average consumer with simple requirements, and Office.
  • Secure Email and Cloud Alternatives to Gmail and Dropbox

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Users are increasingly turning to services that claim to be secure from the prying eyes of the NSA and law enforcement. In this article, we take a look at some of the privacy-focused email and cloud storage services that have either sprung up or gained popularity in the wake of what's popularly been referred to as the Summer of Snowden.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 5

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the fifth and last installment in a series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 4

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the fourth installment in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • What TechSpot Writers Want in Windows 10

    By TechSpot Staff on

    We asked TechSpot's staff what they thought of the Windows 10 announcement and what changes they would like to see on Microsoft's new OS iteration.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 3

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the third in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • Switching away from Outlook or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Gmail

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    Today I'll refer to how I recently set up my email accounts for best efficiency leveraging one service you probably already use: Gmail, but in a specific context. To combat spam and unify my inboxes everywhere.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 2

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the second in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • 10 Tips for Good Smartphone Photography

    By Tim Schiesser on

    While it's interesting to know and understand what constitutes a digital camera module, that won't help much when it comes to actually taking a photo on your smartphone. From a photography enthusiast and mobile hardware reviewer, here are 10 tips to take awesome shots using your smartphone.
  • Microsoft/Minecraft: How much did Redmond overpay?

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The press is speculating that Microsoft is acquiring Minecraft so it can "tap into a cultural phenomenon" and entice players to Microsoft's platforms. I don't buy either explanation.
  • The History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the first in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • The iPhone 6 Is DOA and the iPhone 6 Plus Is the Killer

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    I don't even know why Apple bothered with the iPhone 6, because it will go the way of the iPhone 5C: a niche product; a consolation prize; the budget choice for Apple loyalists; something you get begrudgingly and regret later.
  • Apple and Google Tablets Moving to Microsoft Territory

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The common refrain has been that tablets are for consumption and that laptops are for productivity, and never the twain shall meet. But it's a different world today, and now Apple and Google want to cross that bridge, too, into Microsoft territory. Apple with the iPad Pro, and Google with the new Nexus.
  • 5 Free Image Editing Solutions Worth a Look

    By Erik Orejuela on

    Adobe Photoshop has long been the gold standard for image editing among professionals and photo enthusiasts. But for the average user who just wants to touch up the occasional photo, it can be hard to justify the cost and it probably does more way than you really need or care to do. There are plenty of free alternatives and we've rounded out our picks.
  • Soon No One Will Care About a Phone's Battery Life

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The fear of running out of battery wields such an extraordinary influence over how we use smartphones. We are never too far from a charger, and many of us carry a heavy, cumbersome power bank. I have good news: we are on the verge of true all day battery life.
  • Self-Encrypting Drives: A Brief Introduction and Step by Step Guide

    By Matt Bach on

    A SED, or self-encrypting drive, is a type of hard drive that automatically and continuously encrypts the data in it without any user interaction. What may surprise many is that a decent potion of the drives currently in the market are in fact SEDs. The method involves a Data Encryption Key that encrypts and decrypts data whenever data is written to the drive or read from it.
  • Price Is the Only Weapon Chromebooks Have Against Windows

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    On an absolute basis, one device is clearly better than the other; but the expectations for what a Chromebook is supposed to do is so much lower that, relatively, Acer's C720 Chromebook feels like a better device than it really is. Asus' popular T100 budget hybrid, on the other hand, gets compared to other Windows laptops (or the iPad Air) and doesn't look as good in the comparison.
  • Six Popular Linux Desktop Environments

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Unlike Windows and OS X, Linux allows you to fully customize not only the look and feel of your desktop, but also its functionality as well as settings, through different desktop environments. We do a brief overview of the most popular Linux desktop environments to give you an idea about what each has to offer and what suits you the best.
  • The Most Popular Computing Device Has Yet to Be Invented: The 15-Inch Tablet

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    I've wanted to write this for some time, but hadn't because there was no solid data to back-up my assertions. I do now. This is about why I believe the future of tablets (and by extension, computing) is 15-inches in display size, perhaps even 17-inches.
  • How Deus Ex Predicted the Future

    By Richard Wordsworth on

    Leaving aside its wackier conspiracy theories, it's the quality - the prescience - of Deus Ex's story that makes it such a great game to play in 2014. Somehow, it seems timely: moment after moment of sneering, political philosophising about money, health, corporations and the poor, punctuated by regular, 400-volt jolts of: wait, when was this written?
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By Steven Walton on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets.
  • Starting a phone company? Here's a blueprint for success

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    Small Chinese companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus were able to create markets even while competitors like Apple and Samsung spend billions in advertising their smartphones. Their success is a blueprint for others to follow, whether they're running an established smartphone company or starting one.
  • A Steve Ballmer Story That Helps Explain Microsoft

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    The big thing most people misunderstand about Ballmer is that he's unbelievably smart. They see him going crazy on the stage and assume the man is a joke. I can assure you he's anything but.
  • Where to Watch Free Movies and TV Online

    By Simon Hill on

    The spread of broadband Internet is changing the way we watch TV and movies. A lot of people are cutting the cable company cord or dropping that satellite service in favor of online streaming. If you've been wondering where you can find movies and TV shows to watch for free online without breaking the law, then we've got you covered.
  • Know Your Smartphone: A Guide to Camera Hardware

    By Tim Schiesser on

    For many people smartphone cameras have replaced standalone point-and-shoots as the go-to device for everyday photography. But just what goes in to making a good smartphone camera? What hardware do companies use? What do pixel sizes and f-stops really mean? In this article I'll be exploring the hardware, key terms associated with photography, and some comparisons along the way.
  • Virtualized Desktops & GPU Acceleration: Is This The Future of Computing?

    By Matt Bach on

    We take a look some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, give our general impressions on setting up and using virtual desktops for a variety of uses and make some educated guesses as to whether virtual desktops truly are the future of computing or if they will likely remain a niche technology.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line, Part II

    By Himanshu Arora on

    While it may seem antiquated the command line is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks in Linux. In the first part of our ongoing command line series, we discussed some of the very basic operations, and now we'll build on that as we discuss more things like file metadata, permissions, timestamps, as well as some new tools like tee, Vim, and more.
  • Debunking a Myth: DDR3 RAM vs. ECC Memory Performance

    By Matt Bach on

    Much of the ECC versus Non-ECC argument comes down to speed versus reliability. The reliability argument at least is easy to validate, but to settle the question of whether ECC actually lowers system performance, we ran a series of benchmarks with standard RAM, ECC RAM, and Registered ECC RAM that all run at the exact same frequency, timings, and voltage.
  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    By Shawn Knight on

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap some amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and a little know-how, the latter of which we'll be offering up here today.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. Let's jump into the basics of the Linux command line including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.